Competency Matrix for General Petroleum Engineering

SPE Task Force on Minimal Competency








Understand and use petroleum engineering terminology.

Understand general terminology of all sub-disciplines.

Understand terminology specific to the sub-discipline.

Understand terminology in areas of expertise.

Identify and use relevant industry and company design standards.

Identify what design standards exist in all sub-disciplines.

Understand and use conventional design standards specific to the subdiscipline.

Help create design standards as well as apply standards to nonconventional applications.

Maintain regulatory compliance.

Identify what regulatory bodies have jurisdiction and where to find documentation of the applicable regulations. Understand the essential rules relevant to the work project.

Complete necessary regulatory compliance permitting and reporting specific to the sub-discipline.

Work with regulators on rule changes and exceptions.

Identify and use technical software and informational databases.

Identify what technical software and informational databases exist in all sub-disciplines.

Understand and use conventional technical software and informational databases specific to the subdiscipline.

Help create technical software and informational databases as well as apply technical software and informational databases to nonconventional applications.

Use project management skills.

Understand the elements of project management (costing, scheduling, contracting, logistics, etc.).

Apply project management skills to projects within sub-discipline.

Apply project management skills in larger projects and across subdisciplines.

Understand and apply geoscience principles.

Understand geoscience principles (e.g., fracture gradients, well bore stability, pore pressure prediction).

Understand and apply geoscience principles within sub-discipline.

Apply geoscience principles across sub-disciplines.

Perform decision and risk analysis and contingency planning.

Understand decision and risk analysis concepts and the value of contingency planning.

Conduct risk assessments within subdiscipline
and prepare contingency plans to manage risks.

Conduct risk assessments across subdisciplines for a project and prepare contingency plans.

Monitor operations and optimize performance.

Understand basic monitoring and optimization techniques. Carry out directed well optimization plans or programs.

Perform conventional operations monitoring and engineering design specific to a sub-discipline and make optimization recommendations.

Perform operations monitoring in areas of expertise or across subdisciplines and make recommendations to optimize system performance.

Evaluate economics of project.

Understand basic economic principles (PV analysis, lease vs. purchase, etc.).

Perform economic evaluations of projects within the sub-discipline.

Perform economic evaluations across sub-disciplines or in specialty areas within a sub-discipline.

Participate in a multidisciplinary/cultural team.

Understand the purposes and value of a multi-disciplinary/
cultural approach to a project.

Perform all the conventional duties of the sub-discipline team member.

Lead a multi-disciplinary/
cultural team and be able to perform the duties of two or more sub-disciplines.

Perform duties in ethical manner.

Demonstrate the ethical code of behavior for the general practice of engineering.

Demonstrate ethical behavior in subdiscipline.

ethical behavior
and provide leadership in ethical behavior across disciplines.

Promote engineering professionalism.

Maintain membership in technical and professional societies and pursue professional license and/or certification.

Participate actively in technical and professional societies and obtain professional license and/or certification.

Encourage othersin industry to join and actively participate in technical and professional societies and to become licensed or certified.